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Burning Regulations
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Whether you are a private or industrial forest landowner, the Oregon Department of Forestry wants your burning operations - from the smallest debris pile to the largest slash burn - to be as safe and successful as possible.
 
In the North Cascade District, open burning is the leading cause of wildfires. It is your responsibility to know and follow all backyard, agricultural, recreational, and slash burning regulations.
 
An Oregon Department of Forestry burn permit is required for all burning of logging or thinning slash within our protection boundaries.  Obtaining a slash burning permit requires a site inspection from our Protection From Fire staff.  Please contact us at 503-829-2216 to start the process.
 
For backyard, agricultural, and other debris burning with a rural or municipal fire district, please contact your local fire department for information on local regulations.  For your convenience, a listing of many of these local fire agencies, including contact information, is provided on this web page, and burning information phone numbers are included, if available.  Many local agencies record burning information by 8:00 a.m. each day, so check after that time on the day you want to burn to find out if burning is actually allowed.
 
For forest lands that are not within the protection boundary of a rural or municipal fire department, an Oregon Department of Forestry burn permit will be required for open burning.
 
Need more information about burning?  Please contact us at 503-829-2216.

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